YOU IN 2016: Political tips you can use in everyday life: Part One
As promised, this is the first in a series of learnings from the campaign trail you can apply to the workplace or your relationships with family and friends. I’m doing this ”journal style”—a little more informally, just as if we were having a conversation on a drive. Hope you will enjoy.
MOTIVATING PEOPLE — You don’t get far in a political campaign (or a neighborhood project or a complicated/last-minute/weekend/unpleasant work
task) without volunteers. People volunteer for a variety of reasons, but motivating and keeping them motivated takes effort.
Make sure they see the bigger reason. They aren’t getting involved to help you or even themselves. They are in it for the bigger cause. In campaigns such as the many important US Senate races this year, volunteers should get involved to stop the Democrats from taking back the US Senate (remember, I’m a GOP strategist). In my workout group, F3, men worked all weekend to help their neighbors clean up after Hurricane Matthew. They knew they weren’t in F3 just to get fit. They’re there to better our community, too.
The next really important thing is recognition. Let’s face it—in everyday life, few of us are the quarterback whose team just won the Super Bowl, or the rock star, or the President of the United States. We’re not getting the balloon drop, the Gatorade shower or the laser show and confetti cannons. But you would be surprised how much good a little thing like remembering to say, “We couldn’t have done it without Betsy” does. Be as thoughtful as you can be about knowing who to thank (meaning don’t leave anyone out) and when and how. But it can be as simple as a group email or a short talk with the team.
Appreciation goes a step beyond recognition. You’re not just telling someone they did a great job. You’re telling them how much that great job meant to you and to the cause. You’re giving them the bigger reason behind the recognized task. You can take this even one step further by saying “I appreciate you” instead of “I appreciate what you just did.” Let people know that you appreciate them as people instead of just as machine who completed a given task.
No campaign can be won by a single person. Neither can most of life’s big tasks. Change takes many people. Rally your troops with a cause, recognition and appreciation.